When Apple's CEO is seen in public and especially when he visits another tech company, people tend to notice and analysts start to fret. A couple of days ago, Tim Cook paid a visit to Valve's officials in their Bellevue headquarters, and tech voices already foresee a partnership.
Valve is the gaming company behind hugely popular titles such as Half-Life, Team Fortress and Portal. Valve also owns an online gaming platform, Steam, which has similarities with Apple's App Store. Steam is a game network distribution with more than 30 million users worldwide.
The company is also rumoured to be working on its own console called Steam Box. With this track record, Valve might raise Apple's interest for additional features to be integrated into Apple HDTV.
Analysts suggest that Apple's assault on our living rooms will not be limited to a high-end TV set, but it would include a revolutionary home console.
A recent CultOfMac report points out that Apple might plan to release its own game console based on complex sensors, much like Microsoft's Kinect.
It's here, where Valve comes into the picture. Valve's job listings page suggests that the company is building a new console based on biometric technology.
We previously reported, Apple was working on a physical controller for the iOS.